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MMA Fighter Rankings: List By Division

The mixed martial arts fighter rankings are compiled from top talent from all the promotions and are based on recent performances and overall record. Check out the latest MMA odds here at OddsShark, then see the best specials and offers at top sportsbooks.

Heavyweight

Stipe Miocic claimed the UFC heavyweight championship in quick fashion with his first-round victory over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198. Miocic became the first heavyweight to defend the strap since UFC 166 in 2013 when he defeated Alistair Overeem in the first round at UFC 203. 

On the same card that Miocic defended the championship, Werdum easily defeated Travis Browne in a relatively boring three-round affair. Werdum and Cain Velasquez were scheduled to meet in what would be a title eliminator at UFC 207, but the fight was canceled due to an injury.

Heavyweight Rankings
  • 1. Stipe Miocic – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Fabricio Werdum – UFC
  • 3. Cain Velasquez – UFC
  • 4. Alistair Overeem UFC
  • 5. Junior dos Santos – UFC
  • 6. Francis Ngannou – UFC
  • 7. Ben Rothwell – UFC
  • 8. Vitaly Minakov – N/A
  • 9. Derrick Lewis – UFC
  • 10. Andrei Arlovski – UFC

Light Heavyweight

The 205 lbs division has been a mess thanks to Jon Jones. Undoubtedly the best light heavyweight in the world ended up being suspended due to personal legal issues and then he tests positive for a banned substance just days before his massive UFC 200 rematch with Daniel Cormier.

DC is the best light heavyweight who regularly competes and has victories over the likes of Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. Cormier was originally scheduled to defend his title against Rumble at UFC 206, but an injury forced that bout's cancellation. Now Rumble has said he will wait until he gets his shot at the title. 

Light Heavyweight Rankings
  • 1. Jon Jones – UFC
  • 2. Daniel Cormier – UFC (Champion)
  • 3. Anthony Johnson – UFC
  • 4. Alexander Gustafsson – UFC
  • 5. Ryan Bader – UFC
  • 6. Phil Davis – Bellator (Champion)
  • 7. Glover Teixeira  UFC
  • 8. Jimi Manuwa – UFC
  • 9. Liam McGeary – Bellator
  • 10. Misha Cirkunov – Free Agent

Middleweight

The dream became a reality at UFC 199 when Michael Bisping shocked the world and defeated Luke Rockhold. Bisping clocked Rockhold and won the bout by TKO in the first round. Bisping defended his strap when he won a unanimous decision against Dan Henderson at UFC 204, but it was far from a sure thing, as 'The Count' got knocked down in each of the first two rounds. 

Yoel Romero looks to be the next in line, despite Bisping constantly calling for bigger money fights, after the "Soldier of God" knocked out Chris Weidman in spectacular fashion at UFC 205.

Middleweight Rankings
  • 1. Michael Bisping – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Luke Rockhold – UFC
  • 3. Yoel Romero UFC
  • 4. Jacare Souza – UFC
  • 5. Gegard Mousasi UFC
  • 6. Chris Weidman  UFC
  • 7. Robert Whittaker UFC
  • 8. David Branch – WSOF (Champion)
  • 9. Derek Brunson  UFC
  • 10. Anderson Silva – UFC

Welterweight

Not many people thought Tyron Woodley would actually defeat Robbie Lawler at UFC 201, but 'The Chosen One' knocked out 'Ruthless' in the very first round to claim the UFC welterweight championship. Surviving the early rounds against Woodley has proven extremely difficult as he is extremely explosive and aggressive early, though this has caused him to gas in the past. 

Stephen Thompson thrust himself into the conversation of best striker in the UFC after dismantling Johny Hendricks in the first round and coasting to a lackluster victory over Rory MacDonald in Ottawa. Wonderboy and Woodley then met in an absolute classic at UFC 205 that ended in a majority draw. 

Ben Askren continues to carry the mantle of best fighter in the world not in the UFC.

Welterweight Rankings
  • 1. Tyron Woodley – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Stephen Thompson – UFC
  • 3. Robbie Lawler – UFC
  • 4. Rory MacDonald – Bellator
  • 5. Demian Maia – UFC
  • 6. Ben Askren – ONE FC (Champion)
  • 7. Carlos Condit – UFC
  • 8. Lorenz Larkin – Free Agent
  • 9. Douglas Lima – Bellator (Champion)
  • 10. Donald Cerrone – UFC

Lightweight

UFC 205 was a landmark event capped by Conor McGregor becoming the first fighter to hold two UFC titles simultaneously. The brash Irishman completely dismantled Eddie Alvarez in a fight that cemented McGregor as the best fighter on the planet today. 

A talented division is highlighted by Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Both guys have a legitimate claim to being the next in line for a title shot and debates have already begun. Ferguson has fought more frequently and has a better resume, while Khabib is a mauling grappler who has manhandled his opposition. These two are scheduled to clash for the interim title at UFC 209.

Lightweight Rankings
  • 1. Conor McGregor – UFC (Champion) 
  • 2. Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC
  • 3. Tony Ferguson  UFC
  • 4. Eddie Alvarez  UFC
  • 5. Rafael dos Anjos UFC
  • 6. Justin Gaethje  WSOF (Champion)
  • 7. Michael Chiesa – UFC
  • 8. Edson Barboza – UFC
  • 9. Michael Chandler – Bellator (Champion)
  • 10. Beneil Dariush – UFC

Featherweight

Jose Aldo came back and he looked more motivated than he has in years at UFC 200. 'Scarface' continued to be the only fighter on the planet to really figure out Frankie Edgar's striking and in doing so, Aldo claimed the interim featherweight title. After a whole mess of injuries and rumors, Aldo was awarded the undisputed title just prior to UFC 206.

At UFC 206, Max Holloway defeated Anthony Pettis to claim the new interim featherweight title and now awaits his shot at Aldo. Holloway and Aldo are officially scheduled to face off with the undisputed featherweight championship on the line at UFC 212.

Featherweight Rankings
  • 1. Jose Aldo – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Max Holloway – UFC (Interim Champion)
  • 3. Frankie Edgar – UFC
  • 4. Ricardo Lamas – UFC
  • 5. Cub Swanson – UFC
  • 6. Daniel Straus – Bellator (Champion)
  • 7. Anthony Pettis – UFC
  • 8. Jeremy Stephens – UFC
  • 9. Yair Rodriguez – UFC
  • 10. Chan Sung Jung – UFC

Bantamweight

Cody Garbrandt became the first person to solve Dominick Cruz, as 'No Love' dominated Cruz at UFC 207. Whether he was dodging a slowing Cruz, literally dancing or throwing massive punches, it was basically a flawless performance from Garbrandt. 

Though Garbrandt's camp has expressed interest in a rematch with Cruz, who was a class act in defeat, many believe T.J. Dillashaw is next in line after he dominated John Lineker on the same UFC 207 card. Since losing the title to Cruz, Dillashaw has gone on to convincingly beat Raphael Assuncao and Lineker.

Bantamweight Rankings
  • 1. Cody Garbrandt – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Dominick Cruz – UFC
  • 3. T.J. Dillashaw – UFC
  • 4. Marlon Moraes – WSOF (Champion)
  • 5. Bryan Caraway – UFC
  • 6. Raphael Assuncao – UFC
  • 7. Bibiano Fernandes ONE FC (Champion)
  • 8. Eduardo Dantas – Bellator (Champion)
  • 9. John Lineker – UFC
  • 10. Jimmie Rivera – UFC

Flyweight

Demetrious Johnson has completely obliterated the rest of the flyweight division. Since being crowned the first UFC flyweight champion, ‘Mighty Mouse’ has defended his strap nine times and in almost every fight, he’s looked damn near untouchable. Johnson faced one of the stiffest challenges of his career when he took on Tim Elliott at the TUF Finale. 

On that same show, Joseph Benavidez defeated Henry Cejudo in the co-main event to likely set himself up for another title shot. That would theoretically be Benavidez' third title shot against Johnson, with the most recent being a beatdown. 

Flyweight Rankings
  • 1. Demetrious Johnson – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Joseph Benavidez – UFC
  • 3. Henry Cejudo – UFC
  • 4. Kyoji Horiguchi – UFC
  • 5. Ali Bagautinov – UFC
  • 6. Jussier Formiga – UFC
  • 7. Tim Elliott – UFC 
  • 8. Ian McCall – UFC
  • 9. Wilson Reis – UFC
  • 10. Sergio Pettis – UFC

Women’s Bantamweight

So much for Ronda Rousey's triumphant return, as she was completely outclassed by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. Nunes performed what was akin to a flawless victory in a video game, as she pounded Rousey until Herb Dean had to stop the fight less than 50 seconds after it started. 'The Lioness' has now proven that she belongs at the top of the mountain and that defeating her is no easy task. 

Nunes' next title defense will almost certainly come against Valentina Shevchenko. Nunes and Shevchenko have met before with the current champion picking up a decision victory, but it was clear that the Peruvian would have won had it gone five rounds instead of three. 

Women's Bantamweight Rankings
  • 1. Amanda Nunes – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Valentina Shevchenko – UFC
  • 3. Julianna Pena – UFC
  • 4. Holly Holm – UFC
  • 5. Ronda Rousey – UFC
  • 6. Cat Zingano – UFC
  • 7. Tonya Evinger – Invicta (Champion)
  • 8. Raquel Pennington – UFC
  • 9. Sara McMann – UFC
  • 10. Liz Carmouche – UFC

Women's Strawweight

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has proven that she deserves the UFC strawweight belt after making Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne’s faces look like mush. With Jedrzejczyk's most recent win over Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 205, the Polish powerhouse has cemented herself as the best 115 lb fighter in the world. 

Jessica Andrade has staked her claim to the next title shot, as the tornado of violence has gone 3-0 since dropping down to strawweight. Andrade is coming off a decision victory over the returning Angela Hill, who entered the fight as the reigning 115 lbs champ in Invicta FC.

Women's Strawweight Rankings
  • 1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Claudia Gadelha – UFC
  • 3. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – UFC
  • 4. Jessica Aguilar UFC
  • 5. Jessica Andrade – UFC
  • 6. Carla Esparza – UFC
  • 7. Rose Namajunas – UFC
  • 8. Michelle Waterson – UFC
  • 9. Tecia Torres – UFC
  • 10. Alexa Grasso – UFC

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